Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

How Rocket Learned to Read


How Rocket Learned to Read. By Tad Hills. Random House, Inc., c. 2010, 36 pp.


Reading Level: 600L


Synopsis: Rocket refuses to go to school. When the teacher, the little yellow bird, begins reading a book in the tree, Rocket is suddenly intrigued by the story as he listens beneath the tree. Wanting to know what happens in the story, Rocket shows up for class. Rocket learns that words are built one letter at a time and soon he finds himself sounding out words, long after the little yellow bird migrates for the winter. Once the little yellow bird returns for the spring, Rocket excitedly shows up to class and reads stories!

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This a great book for getting kids motivated to read.

Content Area Connections: Reading

Possible Areas of Concern: The book does not really discuss the structure of words but simply states that letters build words. Students need to understand how words are made and that each letter has its own unique sounds.


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This entry was posted on November 24, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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